I am a Splitboarder | INDIE ALASKA

Mikey Cuadrado has been snowboarding for more than a decade, but for the last seven years he’s fallen in love with the unique sport of splitboarding. When he couldn’t fight his feelings for splitboarding any longer, he decided to leave his home in Indiana and move to Alaska to conquer the rugged mountains of the Last Frontier.

He now shapes his winters completely around splitboarding, even going as far as working night-time bartending jobs so his days are free to spend in the mountains.

Story by: Valerie Kern
Video by: Valerie Kern and Joey Mendolia
Additional GoPro Footage provided by: Mikey Cuadrado, Casey Grove, Marty Franz and Nick Schwartz
Drone Footage by: Valerie Kern
Music by: FirstCom Music

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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV/Radio Broadcast Journalist where she got the opportunity to travel around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, and Australia reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.